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Giving in 2016 and 2017 Also Looks Promising
Article,  BriefCASE Article A recent forecast of charitable giving for 2016 and 2017 contained especially good news for fundraisers in the education sector.

Charitable Giving to Universities in Australia and New Zealand Grew in 2014
Article,  BriefCASE Article Universities in Australia and New Zealand reported significant growth in donors and giving in 2014, according to a report on higher education philanthropic giving in the two countries.

U.S. Educational Fundraisers Optimistic about 2015-2016 Academic Year
Article,  BriefCASE Article Fundraisers at schools, colleges and universities in the United States estimate that donations to their institutions grew 5.1 percent during the academic year that ended June 30, 2015, according to survey results released by CASE.

New York Times Columnist Talks Charitable Giving
Article,  BriefCASE Article Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof recently spoke to CASE in an audio interview about the charitable tax deduction, judging nonprofit organizations based on overhead spending and his personal giving habits.

S&P Keeps Negative Outlook on Higher Education
Article,  BriefCASE Article Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has issued a negative outlook for U.S. nonprofit higher education in 2015.

CASE President Talks Future of Advancement
Article,  BriefCASE Article Educational institutions can learn a lot about customer service for the business world, says CASE President John Lippincott.

Schools Anxious about Scottish Independence Vote
Article,  BriefCASE Article A looming referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country is already influencing recruitment and fundraising at Scottish independent schools, say advancement practitioners.

Australian Alumni Engagement Shows High Potential
Article,  BriefCASE Article While the field of alumni relations is relatively new in the Asia-Pacific region, its growth potential is strong—and forthcoming research can help institutions measure their alumni engagement capacity.

VSE Report: Record-Breaking Growth “Outstanding,” Says CASE President
Article,  BriefCASE Article The record-breaking $33.8 billion donated to U.S. colleges and universities in fiscal year 2013, as highlighted in last week’s Voluntary Support of Education report, is “outstanding news that signals donors maintained their belief in and commitment to the transformative power of educational institutions throughout the recent economic downturn,” says CASE President John Lippincott.

CASE President Announces Retirement
Article,  BriefCASE Article John Lippincott, president of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, has announced that he will retire from the post in January 2015, following 11 years leading the association.

Surveying a Century of Alumni Relations
Article,  BriefCASE Article The author of a new history of alumni relations says the more things have changed in the profession during the past century, the more they’ve stayed the same.

Ghana Conference Attracts Delegates from 31 Institutions, Eight Countries
Article,  BriefCASE Article Interest in educational advancement is growing significantly at institutions in sub-Sahara Africa, say two faculty members who presented at a recent CASE conference in Accra, Ghana.

CASE Ends Fiscal Year 2013 with Record Membership
Article,  BriefCASE Article CASE ended the 2012-2013 fiscal year on a positive note with record institutional membership and growing conference attendance, said CASE President John Lippincott in his annual report to members.

Alumni Relations Celebrates 100th Anniversary
Article,  BriefCASE Article 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Association of Alumni Secretaries—the first organization dedicated to the field of alumni relations. In celebration of this milestone, CASE has planned a year-long series of initiatives that celebrate the past, present and future of alumni relations.

CASE Commissions Discuss Trends and Services
Article,  BriefCASE Article The CASE commissions on alumni relations, communications and marketing, and philanthropy met Oct. 17 and 18 at CASE headquarters in Washington, D.C., to explore trends in advancement and provide advice about services, programs, awards and information that will benefit members.

Challenging Economic Times Remain Despite Slight Uptick in Nonprofit Giving
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new report indicates that fewer than half of 813 surveyed nonprofits in the United States reported fundraising increases during the first half of 2011 compared with the same period in 2010.

Expert Offers Tips on Removing Barriers to Advancement Work
Article,  BriefCASE Article Many advancement professionals know what they need to do to make their institutions more successful at alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing. But outdated IT systems, a heavy workload, bureaucracy and other obstacles often stand in their way. Tricia King of Birkbeck, University of London, offered tips on how to negotiate through these and other challenges during a workshop at the recent CASE Europe Annual Conference in Manchester, England.

CASE to Establish Formal Operations in Latin America
Article,  BriefCASE Article CASE has announced that it will establish an ongoing presence in Latin America to expand and adapt its services to educational institutions throughout the region.

CASE Trustees Endorse New Services, Approve Ongoing Presence in Latin America
Article,  BriefCASE Article The CASE Board of Trustees, meeting July 9 in Chicago prior to the CASE Summit for Advancement Leaders, voted to establish an ongoing CASE presence in Latin America and endorsed a set of new initiatives designed to enhance service to members in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

CASE Ends Year with Record Membership
Article,  BriefCASE Article CASE ended 2010-11 with record membership and on a solid financial footing, said CASE President John Lippincott in his annual report to members.

Rebuilding Endowment
Article During the recession, endowments were hit hard by the sharp decline in the value of financial assets and by a reduction in grants, gifts, donations and planned giving resulting from a weak economy. This article from Commonfund's Chronicle Mission Matters (Winter 2011) reports on the conversation of experts who discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with rebuilding nonprofit endowments. CASE President John Lippincott took part in the conversation.

Education Institutions Get Creative to Beat Shortfalls Due to Global Recession
Article,  BriefCASE Article University World News reports that higher education institutions are partnering with the private sector more and devising other innovative ways to raise revenue to cover gaps created by shrinking state budgets and financial shortfalls.

Report: Overall Donor Confidence in U.S. Falls
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new report reveals that donor confidence in the economy and expectations about charitable giving are at their lowest levels since December 2008.

Report Says Nonprofits Face Tough Climb to Pre-Recession Success
Article,  BriefCASE Article The nonprofit sector continues to face an "incredibly difficult philanthropic environment." That's according to the findings of a new survey.

Survey Reveals State of Public Universities during Recession
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new survey reports that the current financial situation for public universities in the United States is “precarious” as a result of deep cuts in state appropriations during the recession preceded by decades of declining state support.

Billion-Dollar Campaigns Maintain Momentum in Tough Economy
Article,  BriefCASE Article Despite the tough economy, billion-dollar campaigns in higher education are making “sufficiently strong monthly progress” and are on track to meet their goals. That’s according to a new report that analyzed campaigns launched right before and after the onset of the recession.

Endowment Levels Up but Canadian Institutions Remain Cautious
Article,  BriefCASE Article Endowments have rebounded at many Canadian universities, but most institutions remain concerned about endowment spending and plan to keep cost-saving measures in place.

Enrollment at Two-Year Institutions in U.S. Hits Record High
Article,  BriefCASE Article Recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau reveal that the proportion of 18- to 24-year olds attending higher education institutions has hit an all-time high due to a surge in enrollments at two-year institutions.

CASE Begins Two-Year Pilot Project in Latin America
Article,  BriefCASE Article CASE began a two-year pilot project in Latin America Oct. 19 with the announcement of the appointment of Ximena Gudiño to the newly created position of Latin America coordinator.

Institutions Receive Strategies to Move Beyond Tough Economy to Market Success
Article,  BriefCASE Article A perfect storm is brewing in higher education, and savvy colleges and universities are exploring non-traditional ways to cut costs, expand their market and stand out from others.

More Foundations Relying on Endowment Management Fee to Fund Operations
Article,  BriefCASE Article More institutionally related foundations are using a management fee on endowed funds to fund their operations, according to the results of a CASE survey on foundation funding sources and budget restructuring.

Down Economy Having Little Impact on Enrollment at Private Institutions
Article,  BriefCASE Article A recent survey finds that most U.S. private colleges and universities expect to maintain or slightly increase enrollment numbers this fall.

Report Says Confidence in U.S. Charitable Giving Climate Continues to Decline
Article,  BriefCASE Article Confidence in the U.S. fundraising climate continued to decline in the first half of 2009, according to the latest national survey of nonprofit fundraisers by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Down Economy is Prime Time for Planned Giving Strategies
Article,  BriefCASE Article If there has ever been a time that challenged educational fundraisers, this is it—thanks in large part to the recent volatility in the financial sector.

Doing More with Less in Downturns Not New for Community Colleges
Article,  BriefCASE Article A national survey of community college leaders reveals that these institutions are "again at the receiving end of the 'do more with less and do it better' mantra" as they face significantly higher enrollments and steep budget cuts as part of the economic downturn.

CASE Commissions Discuss Strategies for Weathering Economic Climate
Article,  BriefCASE Article Advancement professionals at institutions facing budget cuts are rising to the challenge by collaborating across the advancement disciplines, adjusting organizational structures and increasing electronic communication with constituents.

Trustees Discuss Impact of Economy on CASE, Members
Article,  BriefCASE Article The CASE Board of Trustees, meeting March 12 and 13 at the University of Virginia, discussed the impact of the global economic crisis on CASE and its members.

Impact of Economy on European Institutions Mixed
Article,  BriefCASE Article A recent survey by the European University Association reveals that the tough economy has hit some European institutions harder than others.

Fundraisers Advised to Take a Deep Breath, Make a Plan
Article,  BriefCASE Article Fundraisers at institutions facing tight budgets in an uncertain economy may want to consider this advice from an expert on fundraising in response to crisis: Be patient and plan.

CASE President Offers Statement on Economy, Fundraising
Article,  BriefCASE Article Fundraisers should redouble their efforts, reframe their conversations with donors, and recalibrate their expectations during difficult economic times.

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